Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary
831 Azalea SE.
2016 Dessert Buffet Registration
When: 7:00 PM CST, Friday, May 6th, 2016
Where: Illiana Christian High School Old Gym
"Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary’s workis greatly enhanced by volunteers. This issueof Bound Yet Free will introduce the work andexperiences of some of these volunteers."
A LITTLE ABOUT US
It’s almost here! Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary’s 2016 Dessert Night Fundraiser will take place on Friday, May 6, 2016, 7 pm, at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois. Come for the desserts and snacks and stay for the rich testimony of God’s faithfulness to Divine Hope’s ministry to prisoners incarcerated in Indiana and Illinois. Our program will feature Rev. Mark Casson, Executive Director of Metanoia Prison Ministries, the prison outreach of Mission North America of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).Mark Casson’s journey to prison ministry began in 1989 when, as a 21-year-old, he stood in a California courtroom and heard the judge pronounce these words:Mr. Casson, I hereby sentence you to life in prison with the possibility of parole. You understand sir, that the key word here is ‘possibility’ and that you may never leave prison; in fact, you may die there.”Looking back at his sentence for attempted murder, Mark concludes, “I’m what you get when you take anarchy to its natural conclusion: you end up dead or in prison.” It could have gone either way, but through God’s mercy he got the latter. During Mark’s months in prison awaiting trial, the Holy Spirit used a prison Bible study to soften his heart. Five days before he stood before that judge, Jesus transformed Mark. At the opening of his trial on a cold March day in 1989, Mark surprised everyone in the courtroom by pleading guilty to the charges against him.He began serving his sentence at a prison where the chaplain was a Reformed believer. The sweet doctrines of grace took deep root in Mark’s life. “The basic tenet of Reformed theology is that we’re all on death row. Then our cell doors are opened, and we’re free because Christ was executed in our stead. When you’re in your cell, you can’t get out. The realities of incarceration help you realize that you have to have someone else do it for you. Reformed theology helps you understand that you’re in a helpless condition and strips away the pride that comes with the ‘help yourself’ theology.”ifteen years passed and five requests for parole were denied. Then, against all odds, Mark’s sixth request for parole was granted. In February of 2004, Mark Casson walked out of prison a free man. Today Mark leads the national prison ministry outreach of the PCA.To meet Mark and hear more of his story of grace and redemption, and to hear from the faculty of Divine Hope Seminary, please plan to join us on May 6th and bring a friend. Click on the “sign up” portion of the website or look for sign-up sheets at many of your churches.